This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with leading professionals. In this series of blogs, I have an exclusive interview with Teresa Hennig. Teresa is an international authority on MS Access, a top user group leader, a best selling author and a recognized and profiled MVP.
Top Recommended Resources
Stephen: With all the changes and updates, it is obviously a lot for anyone to keep up with. When you need to find information about a issue or feature, which are your top recommended resources?
Teresa: The best resource, of course, will vary with technology and current need. I like to have a reference library of books, mostly about Access, but also Windows and other areas of interest. I’ll often turn to a book for an example of code or to confirm on naming conventions and such. And yes, that’s why I insisted that our Access VBA Programmer’s Reference series have a comprehensive appendix that includes compiled lists from multiple sources. I like having that material in one place so that I can find it any time I want. But, in addition to having some good books, my favorite resources would include:
- Network – your peers are probably your best resource. As a user group leader, I’d suggest starting with user group meetings. There is no substitute for the in-person exchange of ideas and experiences.
- For most technologies, find the MVP site, so for Access, that is http://www.mvps.org/access
- Search MSDN and Microsoft.com for postings, white papers, KB articles. http://office.microsoft.com, http://support.microsoft.com. I also subscribe to and customize my MSDN newsletter; that provides lots of current information and links.
- Newsgroups, of course, you need to be selective in implementing responses. It is best to do a little research for existing solutions before posting a question/request for help. But, newsgroups are a fertile ground for ideas and assistance.
- Industry magazines and their online compliments, such as AdvisorMedia and http://www.advisor.com
Look for more with Teresa in the next blog.
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